BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Helen Watt was born in Wales and immigrated to Vancouver Island as a small child, where she lives to this day. As a youngster she spent countless hours on the island’s beaches discovering tiny sea creatures. At the age of four her father gave her a tiny rowboat which launched her lifelong love for the sea and adventure.
During high school Helen developed a strong interest in photography and became involved in photographing school events. She went on to learn how to process film and develop photographs by working in the school’s dark room producing class photos and year book photographs.
Since retirement from nursing and business, each year Helen and her husband travel the west coast on their tug the ‘Salty Dawg’. Helen skippers their tug from Victoria to the Gulf of Alaska encountering new adventures along the way. When not at sea, they travel to other parts of the world such as; Africa, Europe and the South Pacific.
Helen now devotes herself to capturing the beauty of the west coast and other parts of the world through her lens. Her love of photography allows her to share her passion for wildlife and landscape photography; from Alaskan brown bears to sea birds, ancient totems in Haida Gwaii and exotic animals in Africa. Many subjects are captured from her kayak or while balancing her camera on the top of a Land Rover in the Serengeti.
Her favourite quote is from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows, where the Water Rat said to Mole,
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much fun doing as simply messing about in boats.”
The only thing better is being in a boat with a camera and Helen’s is never far away!